Chelsea’s Jorginho, Paris St-Germain’s Lionel Messi and and Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski are on the shortlist for the men’s Ballon d’Or award.
Messi was the 2019 winner for a record sixth time.
The forward picked up a first major international title when he helped Argentina win the 2021 Copa America.
Italy midfielder Jorginho helped Chelsea win the Champions League last season before victory at Euro 2020 with his country in the summer.
Poland striker Lewandowski won the 2020-21 European Golden Shoe, having scored 41 Bundesliga goals as Bayern Munich won the German league title last season.
Manchester United’s five-time winner Cristiano Ronaldo and Real Madrid’s Luka Modric – the only players other than Messi to win the award since 2008 – are both nominated.
There are 14 Premier League players on the 30-man 2021 shortlist and five members of Italy’s European Championship-winning squad.
The Ballon d’Or, organised by France Football, is awarded annually to the world’s best footballer.
The prize was not given out in 2020 – for the first time since 1956 – because of the coronavirus pandemic.
The winner of the award will be announced on 29 November at Paris’ Theatre du Chatelet.
England’s Jude Bellingham (Borussia Dortmund), Mason Greenwood (Manchester United) and Bakayo Saka (Arsenal) are among the 10 nominees for the Kopa Trophy, which is for players under the age of 21.
The Yashin Trophy is for the best goalkeeper and the four Premier League players on the 10-man shortlist are Chelsea and Senegal’s Edouard Mendy, Manchester City’s Brazilian Ederson, Leicester City’s Kasper Schmeichel, of Denmark, and Aston Villa’s Argentine Emiliano Martinez.
Ballon d’Or nominees
Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea, Spain)
Nicolo Barella (Inter Milan, Italy)
Karim Benzema (Real Madrid, France)
Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus, Italy)
Kevin de Bruyne (Manchester City, Belgium)
Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus, Italy)
Ruben Dias (Manchester City, Portugal)
Gianluigi Donnarumma (PSG, Italy)
Bruno Fernandes (Manchester United, Portugal)
Phil Foden (Manchester City, England)
Erling Braut Haaland (Borussia Dortmund, Norway)
Jorginho (Chelsea, Italy)
Harry Kane (Tottenham, England)
N’Golo Kante (Chelsea, France)
Simon Kjaer (AC Milan, Denmark)
Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich, Poland)
Romelu Lukaku (Chelsea, Belgium)
Riyad Mahrez (Manchester City, Algeria)
Lautaro Martinez (Inter Milan, Argentina)
Kylian Mbappe (PSG, France)
Lionel Messi (PSG, Argentina)
Luka Modric (Real Madrid, Croatia)
Gerard Moreno (Villarreal, Spain)
Mason Mount (Chelsea, England)
Neymar (PSG, Brazil)
Pedri (Barcelona, Spain)
Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United, Portugal)
Mohamed Salah (Liverpool, Egypt)
Raheem Sterling (Manchester City, England)
Luis Suarez (Atletico Madrid, Uruguay)
What is the Ballon d’Or?
The Ballon d’Or has been awarded by France Football every year since 1956, with England’s Stanley Matthews the first winner.
It was only for European players until 1995, when it expanded to become open for any player at a European club. From 2007 it opened up to the rest of the world.
The 30-man list of nominees is compiled by the editorial staff of the French magazine, with the winner voted for by journalists from around the world, with one representative per nation.
From 2010 to 2015 it merged with Fifa’s awards, but they split and the world governing body set up its own awards again in 2016.
They take journalists out of the picture entirely when it comes to the Kopa Trophy: A group of 32 past Ballon d’Or winners designate the 10 Under-21 players in the running for the top young player award.
When is the 2021 Ballon d’Or winner announced?
Now that the lists are out, the voting process begins.
A selection of international journalists, national team coaches and captains will be polled to determine the winners, with each voter being asked to pick out their top five.
Once that process has been completed, the prestigious prizes will be handed out at a glitzy ceremony in Paris on November 29.
2021 FIFA Ballon d’Or Finalists (Men)
There are a total of 30 finalists with many of the big names you’d expect to see there. In recent months there has been a campaign for Chelsea midfielders Jorginho and N’Golo Kante to win the award given the role they played in Chelsea winning the UEFA Champions League. Jorginho was also a cog in the Italy team that won Euro 2021.
Messi was the last player to win this award in 2019 for a record sixth time. Messi and his eternal rival Ronaldo have shared 11 of the last 12 Ballons d’Or between them, with Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric the only man to have broken their duopoly in 2018.
|Nicolo Barella||MF||Inter Milan||Italy|
|Karim Benzema||FW||Real Madrid||France|
|Kevin De Bruyne||MF||Manchester City||Belgium|
|Ruben Dias||DF||Manchester City||Portugal|
|Bruno Fernandes||MF||Manchester United||Portugal|
|Phil Foden||FW||Manchester City||England|
|Erling Haaland||FW||Borussia Dortmund||Norway|
|Harry Kane||FW||Tottenham Hotspur||England|
|Simon Kjaer||DF||AC Milan||Denmark|
|Robert Lewandowski||FW||Bayern Munich||Germany|
|Riyad Mahrez||FW||Manchester City||Algeria|
|Lautaro Martinez||FW||Inter Milan||Argentina|
|Luka Modric||MF||Real Madrid||Croatia|
|Cristiano Ronaldo||FW||Manchester United||Portugal|
|Raheem Sterling||FW||Manchester City||England|
|Luis Suarez||FW||Atletico Madrid||Uruguay|
2021 FIFA Ballon d’Or Finalists (Women)
The nominees for the women’s award total 20, including Sam Kerr, Pernille Harder, and Vivianne Miedema making the list.
The last winner was Megan Rapinoe in 2019, but she wasn’t among the final candidates. Mewis is the only American nominee.
Alexia Putellas, who won this year’s UEFA Women’s Player of the Year award is on the list, as well as three major contributors for Canada’s Olympic gold medal winners: Jessie Fleming, Ashley Lawrence and Christine Sinclair.
|Stina Blackstenius||FW||BK Hacken||Sweden|
|Christiane Endler||GK||Olympique Lyon||Chile|
|Jennifer Hermoso||FW||FC Barcelona||Spain|
|Lieke Martens||MF||FC Barcelona||Netherlands|
|Samantha Mewis||MF||NC Courage||USA|
|Sandra Panos||GK||FC Barcelona||Spain|
|Irene Paredes||DF||FC Barcelona||Spain|
|Alexia Putellas||MF||FC Barcelona||Spain|
|Wendie Renard||DF||Olympique Lyon||France|
|Christine Sinclair||FW||Portland Thorns||Canada|
|Ellen White||FW||Manchester City||England|
2021 FIFA Kopa Trophy finalists
|Jude Bellingham||MF||Borussia Dortmund||England|
|Mason Greenwood||FW||Manchester United||England|
|Jamal Musiala||MF||Bayern Munich||Germany|
|Giovanni Reyna||MF||Borussia Dortmund||USA|
|Florian Wirtz||MF||Bayer Leverkusen||Germany|
2021 FIFA Yashin Trophy finalists
|Thibaut Courtois||GK||Real Madrid||Belgium|
|Samir Handanovic||GK||Inter Milan||Slovenia|
|Emiliano Martínez||GK||Aston Villa||Argentina|
|Keylor Navas||GK||PSG||Costa Rica|
|Manuel Neuer||GK||Bayern Munich||Germany|
|Jan Oblak||GK||Atletico Madrid||Slovenia|
|Kasper Schmeichel||GK||Leicester City||Denmark|
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